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Python Django Basics What a View! Running the Server

Error Running Django In Workspaces

Hi all!

I'm trying to follow along with the 'Django Basics' course but keep getting this error when I try to start the server:

treehouse:~/workspace/learning_site$ python manage.py runserver

RuntimeError: __class__ not set defining 'AbstractBaseUser' as <class 'django.contrib.auth.base_user.Abstra
ctBaseUser'>. Was __classcell__ propagated to type.__new__?  

Anyone familiar with this error or how to get around it?

1 Answer

Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,404 Points

The issue is with workspaces. Current workspaces seem to be using Django 1.9.9 with Python 3.9. This combination does not work with this course material.

As written, this course refers to Django 1.8 with Python 3.8. This question has been flagged as feedback to developers.

Developers: error can be recreated by:

  • launching a new workspace from the video
  • cd learning_site
  • $ python manage.py runserver
Chris Freeman
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 68,404 Points

A workaround is to create a virtualenv based on python 3.8, then do python3 -m pip install django==1.8